Sports Columns

It’s time to give U.S. women’s soccer what it deserves

One of the most common complaints once summer arrives is that there’s nothing to watch on TV. The NBA and NHL seasons are over and now, the only thing to tune into is Major League Baseball and that season lasts for months. As much as I love baseball, I’ll admit that the games don’t ...

It’s time to give U.S. women’s soccer what it deserves

One of the most common complaints once summer arrives is that there’s nothing to watch on TV. The NBA and NHL seasons are over and now, the only thing to tune into is Major League Baseball and that season lasts for months. As much as I love baseball, I’ll admit that the games don’t ...

Can Michigan baseball also defy the odds?

Earlier this week, the St. Louis Blues defied the odds. On January 3, they had the worst record in the NHL, and by logic, should’ve been wiped out from the Stanley Cup playoff picture. However, as we all know now, the Blues turned their fortunes around and made the postseason. St. Louis ...

International stage demands top effort

The United States is off and running in the Women’s World Cup soccer tournament after a 13-0 drubbing of Thailand on Tuesday. The Americans started their World Cup title defense in dominating fashion, while Thailand, appearing in only its second World Cup, received a rude awakening to begin ...

What would the Cup mean to St. Louis?

Of all the great American sports cities, St. Louis is on the borderline. There are some who love the city and the passion of its fans, but there are also those who don’t necessarily hate it, but don’t understand the hype and can see the city for its flaws. I’m right on the borderline ...

Think twice before making Mount Everest climb

If there’s a list of incredible human accomplishments, climbing Mount Everest is probably near the top. The feat used to be deemed unachievable for years and rightfully so. To climb the highest point on Earth, a person takes on heavy risks, including low oxygen levels, high-altitude edema, ...

Remembering the last great Wings team

It’s been 49 years since the St. Louis Blues made the Stanley Cup Finals, but they finally ended a surprisingly long drought just a few days ago. The last time the Blues made it this far was in 1970 when they were swept aside by the Boston Bruins, who they’ll face again in Game 1 on ...

NBA, NHL playoffs back on equal footing

For the first time in three years, the NBA playoffs are interesting. They always are somewhat intriguing simply because it’s the postseason, but this year, they’re actually worth paying attention to and sitting down to watch. The past two years, there were really only two questions ...

Mothers find a way to connect

Today is Mother’s Day and that’s always a special occasion for me. Last year, I wrote about how more than 30 years ago, my dad set me on my path toward becoming a sports fan and later, a sports writer even before I could talk. He and I have always had a special bond that still goes on ...

Kentucky Derby still intriguing

Auto racing has always been a niche sport in this country. It’s got a small fanbase, but it’s a rabid one that lives and dies with it. Horse racing has an even smaller one, but it’s one that just like auto racing, makes its presence felt every May on a national stage. Just like ...

An in-depth look at the 1st round of the NFL Draft

The NFL Draft is a tradition. It’s an overblown, plodding event that at times can be boring to watch, but it’s a tradition. One that many in this country look forward to. If you’re a fan of some teams, you get to watch them make smart decisions that will for sure pay off, or you might ...

Tiger can still roar

Last Sunday, a Tiger showed he can still roar. No, it wasn’t a Detroit Tiger. They lost to Minnesota 6-4 and are starting to come back down to earth after a surprisingly good start to the season. Detroit is three games out of first place in the AL Central, which is nice, but let’s not get ...

Packers’ drama sadly entertaining

Drama plays a big role in sports. We’ve just finished with the NCAA basketball tournaments with the both the men’s and women’s championships being memorable thrillers that captivated the country. In a couple weeks, the NFL Draft will take place, which will soon dominate the ...

Are Izzo and the Spartans elite?

Is Tom Izzo one of the best college basketball coaches ever? That’s the question that seems to get asked every year, especially when the NCAA Tournament comes around in March, but it never seems to get fully answered. Izzo, a Northern Michigan University graduate and the pride and joy of ...

Will the thrill of Opening Day last?

There’s something special about Opening Day. The Major League Baseball season begins around the same time every year, so it’s not a new concept. However, out of the four major professional sports leagues, it’s the only one that markets its season opener as a huge event. It really ...

March is a magical time for sports

There are only two truly special times during the sports season. These are times when the four major sports in the country are going on at the same time, some of which are in the postseason. The first is October where the excitement of the Major League Baseball playoffs and the World ...

This is the dumbest scandal ever

Today is St. Patrick’s Day, a holiday where the luck of the Irish is heavily emphasized and how just about everybody manages to find a trace of Irish blood in them so they can be a part of this special day. However, the Irish luck doesn’t come anywhere near the luck of the rich, and ...

Watch for bowling tournaments, both local and on TV

I’ve got some good news and some bad news about the PBA tour. The bad? For the first time in 2019, there won’t be a new TV show this Sunday. But the good news is really good — instead of Sunday, you can watch the pros live next week on Monday night, Tuesday night, Wednesday night and ...

Problems continue for Alaska

This weekend, the Northern Michigan University hockey team is taking on Alaska-Fairbanks in the first round of the WCHA Tournament. There are two questions lingering going into this best-of-three series, the first being if the Wildcats can avoid getting upset, and the other if this will be ...